I wrote a blog a while ago called "Watch & Listen: That's Leading?!" about how impactful just watching and then listening can be for a leader. I also stated that I was not very good at it. I recently had a performance evaluation and one of the blind spots I have is that I am not a very good listener. I think I knew this, but this definitely became reality as I listened to my evaluators share examples of when I wasn't truly listening. I really took this to heart and want to get better so I have begun a journey to improve my listening skills.
A jack-of-all-trades, Benjamin Franklin was famous for his scheme to achieve "moral perfection," a goal that often eluded him due to his busy schedule. But every evening, before retiring at midnight, he would reflect on his day and ask himself: "What good have I done today?"
This has been an amazing year of growth for me. I mistakenly thought to myself the other day, "Paul, you are forty-four years old. I think you are done growing!" I would have to say that I'm not even close to being done growing. And I won't be done until my heart stops beating and mind stops processing. This is what it means to be a lifelong learner. Yep, that's me.